Graffiato opens its doors
And the hits keep coming! Yet another nationally published mention of Richmond’s irresistible food sorcery went up this week. Restaurants are opening by the truckload. Beer is being born. And we’re about to be knee-deep in festival season. Look sharp, y’all — the magic is everywhere and it might infect you with the sudden need to start a food business of your own.
Here we are in U.S. News Travel's “Under-the-Radar Foodie Cities” guide, which came out this week — although the radar certainly seems to be picking us up a lot lately. (HuffPost/U.S. News & World Travel Report)
Restaurant Week participants have been announced! Start planning your strategies, whether you’re trying to sample the whole city or avoid huge masses of hungry people for a week. (Richmond magazine)
Graffiato opened on Wednesday. Check out food editor Stephanie Breijo’s preview video for a sight you’ll probably never see again: the dining room WHEN EMPTY. (Richmond magazine)
The VMFA does some pretty smart things with alcohol, half-price bottles of wine at happy hour aside: They collaborated with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery to create Forbidden Ale, a celebratory promotion for the upcoming Forbidden City exhibition showcasing art from China's Ming and Qing dynasties. (Richmond magazine)
New spot opening downtown: Coda! The old Gibson’s Grill location is getting a revamp including a dining room and speakeasy. Specials will “reflect the concerts.” Action Bronson Jerk Chicken? Here’s hoping. (Richmond BizSense)
Local organic farms are welcoming tourists and food enthusiasts alike on Sept. 20 and 21. Load up your car with friends for a $25 flat rate and take the healthiest country drive of your life. (VABF)
The Pumpkin Festival is back in Scott’s Addition on Oct. 25. Included: screenings of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and "Monsters, Inc." at the Redskins Training Center. You will definitely find me there. (RVANews)
Midnight Brewery is opening a nine-tap tasting room on Sept. 19. Personal favorite brew name: “Not My Job” Brown Ale. (Times-Dispatch)
The lovely ladies at Little House Green Grocery suffered a fire on Monday. From their Facebook statement: “It was fairly minor – smoke, water, and ceiling damage – our HVAC melted – typical fire stuff.” They’ll be closed for a bit, but keep up with their progress; I’m sure the North Side community will help a brilliant neighborhood resource recover quickly. (Facebook)
Food truck rodeo! This weekend! Git along, li'l doggies! (Richmond.com)
So much to eat. So much to drink. Use the weekend wisely.